(Jesus fulfilling the Psalms in His Life)

It’s always easier to see stuff when you know the whole story and the big picture.

I have read the Psalms many, many times and the Gospels equally. I have to tell you that I don’t know if I have, even with the whole life of Jesus before me, been good at correlating the two.  The Bible is a supernatural book and it cannot be exhausted with one reading.

I love what Spurgeon said…

“No Scripture is exhausted by a single explanation. The flowers of God’s
garden bloom not only double, but sevenfold; they are continually pouring
forth fresh fragrance.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

Well, I just started smelling some of the fresh fragrance of the Psalms being fulfilled in the life of Jesus.  Psalms that I have read, but never thought of Jesus.

When I read the Bible, especially the OT, I need to think “Jesus”.
Listen to the words of the resurrected Jesus….

Luke 24:44
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you,
while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were
written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, AND IN THE PSALMS,
concerning me.

Wow, did you get that?
Jesus in the Psalms!

Let me show you what I stumbled on and how I started to read Psalms differently.
It was in John 15.

John 15
22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

I have read the Psalms many times.  I can’t tell you that there has been many times when I have read a Psalm and said that was fulfilled in Jesus’ life and ministry. I know the Psalms are part of David’s life, but when I ran into this verse in John 15 and Jesus said “I am the fulfillment of ‘they hated me without a cause'” – whoa!.  I have read Psalm 35 many times (and this verse) and have never read Jesus is coming to fulfill that verse.
How many more verses are there in Psalms that Jesus fulfilled.

There are a few things that I learn from this.
First, those who try to tell me that the OT has no correlation with the NT is just not true. Or to see Jesus in the OT is very very much allowable and encouraged by the resurrected Jesus.

When we read the Gospels and many of the stories of the Bible, we know the end.  EVEN WITH THAT ADVANTAGE, I don’t know how many of these Psalms I would read and think Jesus.  I need to learn to read differently. I need to see Jesus more.

Let’s look at some

PS 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Would you have read Psalm 8 and thought triumphant entry and the children singing on Palm Sunday?
Not me!

Here’s another…

Psalm 110:1 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand,until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Would you have thought this applies to the question that Jesus asks the Pharisees….”What think ye of the Christ and whose son is he?”
My mind was not going to Psalm 110 with that question!

Matthew 22
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David.
43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,
44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?
46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

In Matthew 23 Jesus weeps over Jerusalem and their unwillingness to come to Him.

Matt 23:37
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

I have not read Psalm 118 thinking about this moment with Jesus

Ps 118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.

Let’s keep reading…..

Let’s see Jesus at the last supper washing the disciples feet and letting them know that someone will betray Him…

John 13:18
18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.
19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

What Psalm had I read that would associate with this?

Psalm 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

I think when it’s all said and done, I have a new prayer that I pray when I start reading the Bible.
It’s a request that some Greeks made but it sounds more like prayer to me. They said to Philip , “Sir , we wish to  see Jesus” (John 12:21).

1. Ps 8.2 > Mt 21.16
2. Ps 110.1 > Mt 22.44
3. Ps 118.26 > Mt 23.39
4. Ps 82.6 > John 10.34
5. Ps 41.9 > John 13.18
6. Ps 35.19, 69.4 > John 15.25

Is It Just Me?


I can’t find a Bible school in the country or a seminary  in our nation that enforces (I know it’s not a great word) their students to spend time reading their Bibles.   Here is what is amazing, they will make them read books about the Bible but not the Bible.  They have lost confidence in the Holy Spirit that He can help interpret but we have given ourselves more to the help of men, commentaries, textbooks on exegesis then on hearing the voice of the Spirit. I wonder what the percentage would be if we were to ask every graduate at the commencement and as we are handing them their diplomas to preach….”have you read the Bible through?”

Is that too crazy?
Would we dare?
Has any gown clad doctor ventured in that territory?

Don’t get me wrong, I have over 6,000 books in my library and am grateful for hearing what God has shown men and women around the world and throughout the centuries.  But let’s be honest….do you know of a seminary that is training young ministers and readying our new credentialed pastors to read the Word an hour a day and pray an hour a day?  They have passed homiletics, church history and Greek but they are leaving our schools without a prayer closet.

Show me and please tell me the name of the Seminary that says unless you are praying you cannot graduate.

Am I foolish to want to see this happen?

Why can’t some Bible college president or some seminary executive wake up to the fact that we have students that know their tools better than the treasure.  It would be like taking a gold digger or a diamond hunter and teaching them so much about their tools and their excavating devices that they fall in love with them and forget about the diamonds.
The real diamond is meeting God on your knees.  The real gold is the Bible itself.  It’s not books on the Bible or books on prayer.

No one at any seminary I went to or from the denomination ever asked me “tell me about your prayer life?”  No one ever questioned me whether I have read the ENTIRE Book that I am committing my life to preach.

What I am afraid of is that we are ASSUMING WAY TOO MUCH!
I ask those questions on the road and the answers are not encouraging. In fact, they are downright terrifying.

I was even told by a young preacher that I need to learn to be a communicator and stop being a preacher because those days are gone.

God help us!

I think if our schools don’t wake up to the fact of prayer and the Word that God will start raising up preachers despite them.  They will be uncredentialed, undiploma-ed and ungraduated powerhouses that will shake nations with no association to any person but God.

Or how about asking the question to our next generation pastors…

“Have you led someone to Christ in the last year and discipled them?”

I can’t even go there.
That will be for another time, another place and another blog.